Erik ten Hag says Alejandro Garnacho can take the Premier League by storm now he has got his head around what it takes to be a Manchester United player. The Argentinian youngster, 18, played a big part in United’s come-from-behind victory over champions City in the Manchester derby.
Garnacho came on to tee up Marcus Rashford’s winner. And the United manager insists that having ironed out some initial teething problems following his move from Atletico Madrid, Garnacho could now be ready to set the top-flight alight.
“He has improved a lot in attitude and all-round play and he has a skill that I don’t see many players in the Premier League having – he beats players one on one,” said Ten Hag. “You now see how he’s acting as a team player and with his individual skills that can make the difference.
“For him, it’s to keep going in the process because it’s not done. But there is a lot to come.” Garnacho joined United’s academy from Atletico in October 2020 when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was manager and helped them win the FA Youth Cup in May earlier this year, scoring twice in the final.
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His reward was a first start under Ten Hag in the Europa League against Sheriff Tiraspol in October and then a league debut against Aston Villa in November. Garnacho has featured in United’s last six Premier League games, scoring a late winner against Fulham prior to the World Cup and providing assists against both Bournemouth and City.
“He’s learnt in the last months about how to play in a team, how to live, how to do the right things in the week, how to have the right attitude on the training ground,” said Ten Hag.“There is a lot of room for improvement with him but he can help, he can contribute on the highest level already and I’m really happy.”
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